Hope you are recovering from your mastectomy and not in too much pain. As you have had your auxiliary nodes removed you are now at risk for a secondary condition called lymphoedema. Basically the lymphatic system in your arm and chest has been disrupted so the lymphatic fluid has no way to drain and builds up causing your arm to swell and become quite painful. It is a permanent condition so please read up on it and take whatever precautions you can. I now have lymphoedema from my auxiliary surgery. It is definitely not overkill
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.